Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Prevention Efforts Pay Off: Quebec's Suicide Rate Drops

From The Montreal Gazette:

Quebec has long suffered from one of the highest suicide rates in the industrial world, with more suicides per capita than any other Canadian province.

But suicide rates have dropped dramatically over the last few years, as prevention efforts start to pay off, says a Quebec Institute of Public Health report.

Many countries around the world will examine Quebec's suicide research today during the sixth annual World Suicide Prevention Day conference at the United Nations in New York.

"We need to use the very considerable knowledge about suicide that we now have to develop co-ordinated and comprehensive suicide prevention initiatives," Brian Mishara, director of the Université du Québec à Montréal's Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide and Euthanasia, said in a statement.

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